per·​jure | \ ˈpər-jər How to pronounce perjure (audio) \
perjured; perjuring\ ˈpər-​jə-​riŋ How to pronounce perjure (audio) , ˈpərj-​riŋ \

Definition of perjure

transitive verb

1 : to make a perjurer of (oneself)
2 dated : to cause to commit perjury

Examples of perjure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Berlusconi is currently charged with bribing a lawyer to perjure himself, and with evading taxes at Mediaset. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 12 Aug. 2021 The court ruled that the minister in charge of welfare had perjured herself. Antony Sguazzin,, 5 May 2020 On March 17, Exotic sued the federal government for $94 million, alleging among other things that he was convicted on false and perjured testimony. Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2020 When evidence was scanty, or when misconduct needed to be covered up, police routinely perjured themselves to make sure case outcomes turned out as desired. Patrick Blanchfield, The New Republic, 31 Mar. 2020 Here the fact that the president had perjured himself was irrefutable. The Economist, 12 Dec. 2019 In recent weeks, as a series of other witnesses contradicted key details of Sondland’s original testimony, some politicians and pundits have speculated whether Sondland had perjured himself. oregonlive, 5 Nov. 2019 In a blistering decision, a King County judge on Tuesday found no merit to allegations that a Seattle police officer perjured himself in testimony about last year’s fatal shooting of Charleena Lyles. Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times, 26 June 2018 During depositions taken as part of a 2007 libel lawsuit against Trump biographer Tim O’Brien, Trump admitted to lying publicly more than 30 times in order to avoid lying under oath and perjuring himself. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, 30 May 2018 See More

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First Known Use of perjure

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for perjure

Anglo-French parjurer, perjurer, from Latin perjurare, from per- detrimentally, for the worse + jurare to swear — more at per-, jury

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“Perjure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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transitive verb
per·​jure | \ ˈpər-jər How to pronounce perjure (audio) \
perjured; perjuring

Legal Definition of perjure

: to make a perjurer of (oneself)

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